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Konstantinos Pittas

Konstantinos Pittas

Thesis Title: Towards a New Social Imaginary: The Aesthetic Dimension of Radical Democratic Politics

Supervisor: Dr. Duncan Bell

College: Girton College


Biography:

Konstantinos Pittas is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on cultural institutions as a model for the spatialisation of radical democratic politics. He investigates how diverse artistic and cultural strategies and a new aesthetic sensibility can foster the construction of scenes of dissensus and the inscription of a plethora of political claims. His field research has involved following different case studies across Europe and the US (political art exhibitions, activist groups, solidarity networks) in order to map forms of critical engagement with traditional institutional structures and attempts to invent new ones. His research has been supported by the Cambridge Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC- DTP), the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust, and the Onassis Foundation.

Konstantinos is a practising architect. He obtained his diploma in architecture from the National Technical University of Athens and he has been a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University for 2018-2019. He also holds an MPhil in European Culture and Comparative Literature from the University of Cambridge. He has worked in art exhibitions and cultural projects like documenta 14 in Athens and the Baku 2015 European Games.

Research Interests

  • Critical Theory
  • Aesthetics and Politics
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Cultural Politics
  • Architectural Theory and Urban Studies